SEOUL, South Korea — The personal information of some 12 million customers of KT Corp. was found to have been leaked after the mobile carrier’s website was compromised by hackers, local police said today.
The number of victims accounts for nearly three-fourths of KT’s 16 million clients. Three people, including a telemarketer, were arrested in connection with the case, the Incheon Metropolitan Police Agency said.
The leaked information included victims’ names, resident registration numbers, places of employment and bank account details. Police believe the suspects began stealing the data last February, with up to 300,000 pieces of information being stolen in a single day. They reportedly made 11.5 billion won (US$10.8 million) by using the information to sell mobile phones.
A duo of hackers identified only by their surnames Kim and Jung, ages 29 and 38, allegedly broke into the computer system of the telecom firm. They logged onto its Web page using a program of their own creation that allowed them to extract information by randomly inserting nine-digit verification numbers, police said.
KT said in an official statement it will make efforts to minimize possible damages to customers. They added that they’ll cooperate with the police to uncover the details of the incident.
Source: Busan eFM News